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National museums – audience experiences and identities

When I learned that Nordiska Museet* in Stockholm was among the museums that Alexandra Bounia  and Kristin Kuutma had included in Eunamus’ study on audience experiences and identities I was quite surprised. To me, the obvious choice in Sweden would have been … Continue reading


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Great historical narratives in European museums and political uses of history and memory

Museums have been casted as sites for the formulation of value. They act as political and moralizing institutions and struggle, and have struggled, with political influence and interference,  for a long period. At the same time, they are trusted societal institutions that communicate analytically … Continue reading

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Where does Europe begin and end these days?

With this burning question I left the seminar room after four exciting sessions on Current trends and issues in European museum research. Researchers from Sweden, Turkey, Germany, the UK, Portugal, Canada, Italy and several more countries had met up to … Continue reading

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Discussing Communism in the Museums of East Central Europe

By Egle Rindzeviciute, Linköping University Milky sunlight streams down through the glass roof of a patio at the Open Society Archives. On the wall there hangs a large clock which runs backwards. This work of art, Central Direction II by Harasztÿ István, … Continue reading

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Final day of “Building national museums 1750-2010”

Friday 1 April was the third day that Eunamus’ partners and participants walked the few blocks to San Giovanni in Monte from their accommodation at the nearby Collegio san Tommaso. By now most of us had found the short cut … Continue reading

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Second day of the conference: highlighting themes from the reports – from transnational formations to reconciliations in the aftermaths of WW2 and 1989

The second day of the conference in Bologna was immensely intense in communication and rich in content. Four discussants had read all the 35 country reports and presented elaborated comments. Their comments were then taken up and discussed by the conference … Continue reading

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Bologna setting opened a window to heritage politics in Italy

The complex situation of Italy was very much on the agenda the opening day of Eunamus’ conference “Building national museums 1750-2010”. The 150th anniversary of the Italian state has prompted discussions on the creation of a new national history museum. In … Continue reading

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Negotiating continuities

German history is full of dramatic turns. Historiography often discusses what kind of Sonderweg, special path through history that can explain the painful 20th century history. Some museums testifies to these changes but even more remarkable are the continuities they … Continue reading

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